Ken Rosenthal reports that the Philadelphia Phillies have acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor-league pitcher McKenzie Mills, a soon-to-be 23-year-old lefty in High-A ball, originally drafted by the Nationals in the 18th round in 2014.
Bour is hitting .227/.347/.412 with 19 homers on the year. The Phillies currently have Carlos Santana at first base and, as far as we know, he’s healthy, so it’s unclear why they’ve made this move. Unless of course it’s just to use him as a bench bat, which some reporters who cover the Phillies are suggesting. Makes sense I suppose.
The question I have is how he got to Phillies on waivers, which he’d have to do in order for them to make the deal. Ahead of Philly on waiver priority are the Rockies, whose offense stinks and who have Ian Desmond at first and he’s been terrible. Guess someone will have to ask them.
Update (8:23 PM ET): MASN’s Roch Kubatko talked to new GM Mike Elias, who said there has been no offer made to Hyde for the position. Elias called the report “premature.”
The Orioles are expected to name Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde as the new manager, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Nothing is official yet.
Hyde, 45, spent four seasons in the minors with the White Sox from 1997-2000, then played in the independent Western League in 2001 before calling it quits. He was a coach with the Marlins from 2010-12 and has been with the Cubs since 2013.
Other candidates for the Orioles’ open managerial position have included Pedro Grifol, Chip Hale, Mike Redmond, Mike Bell, and Manny Acta.
Hyde is taking over for Buck Showalter, who was at the helm of the Orioles from 2010-18. Last season, however, the Orioles finished 47-115, the worst record in team history. Hyde will be taking over a team that is rebuilding, so the expectations will be relatively low in his first couple of seasons.